Issue Date: 2018 MARCH, Posted On: 3/29/2018

03292018 Exclusive Review: Rugs at the Architectural Digest Design Show
By Carol Tisch & Lisa Vincenti

NEW YORK -- The 17th edition of the Architectural Digest Design Show had plenty of fresh rug fashion for design connoisseurs to peruse at 20-plus exhibit stands devoted to the category at Pier 94 in Manhattan from March 22-26.

"The show has been busy," Edward Verdiev of Pasargad Home told RugNews.com at the company's expanded booth which featured transitional rugs, and heavily emphasized upholstery and accent furniture. "Show traffic has been really good," added Halleh Hakimian of Woven Concepts, which has exhibited at the event for four years, and moved to corner booth in 2018 for a more open display and better visibility.

While representing just a fraction of the 400 top name designers and brands on show, area rug exhibitors got to hobnob alongside the best of the best in every facet of home décor from furniture to high-end kitchen appliances. In Nourison's case, for example, AD Design is used for branding and exposure to a share of the 40,000 designers, architects and consumers attending. Indeed, the show made a point of highlighting Nourison as a media tour stop for a firsthand look at the company's coveted Christopher Guy rugs and Mina Victory pillows.

In terms of color, there was no shortage blues, grays and neutrals. As at 2018's winter Maison et Objet, blush pink was also prevalent, often an accent color in area rugs such as the new Sequence rug launched at AD by Warp & Weft in collaboration with architect firm Yabu Pushelberg. Rust tones made a strong statement at several stands, but most noteworthy in French Accents' newest abstract design featured at the show -- a masterwork of color and texture.

At the Jan Kath stand, designs from a partnership with the Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art premiered in the U.S., illustrating one of the most creative translations of archival textiles into a line of area rugs that RugNews.com editors can recall (read full story). 

Here is a roundup of top area rug exhibitors and trends in color, pattern and texture at the annual event:


Brooklyn-based designer Aimee Wilder brings her quirky handmade wallpaper and fabric designs to the Architectural Digest Design Show and previews her upcoming area rug collection, Eclipse, shown in the harvest colorway.


Brooklyn-based Avo introduces the woven leather Canyon Stripe design with a braided effect (right), and showcases its hand-painted hides (left).


Artist Carol Benson-Cobb displays her art work in a stand anchored by her new tufted geometric design created for Creative Touch rugs and based on the artist's textiles.


Castelluxe displays its growing selection of hand-knotted and hand-tufted designs, including the multi-dimensional Torn in a blue and gray color combination.


Creative Touch scored with AD show shoppers with a popular best-sellering abstract look, above, and showcased designs from its collaboration with artist Carolyn  Benson-Cobb, who exhibited in a space right next to Creative Touch.


French Accents showcased its weaving acumen in a new contemporary rug using different wool and silk yarns and blends to create texture. 


German design house Jan Kath, shows off the Common Threads collection of rugs designed by Kyle Clarkson of New York's Kyle + Kath in collaboration with the Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum (read full story).


New York City area rug studio Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs showcases a Moroccan collection wool design called Panorama at the AD Design Show.


Nasiri spotlighted its captivating handwoven blue and orange Mazandaran flatweave design, inspired by kilims crafted in the Mazandaran province in northwest Iran.

Classics reworked in fashion colors took center stage at the New England Collection stand with a Scandinavian-inspired design from its Scandia collection.


Nourison made a splash at the AD Design Show with a media tour, Mina Victory silent auction pillows for DIFFA, and Christopher Guy collection rug, including the new Starfire in Paloma gray of wool and silk hand-knots (read full story).

Pasargad gets an expansive stand to present its glamorous furniture and accessories, shown with two over-sized rugs, here the contemporary Firenze in beige and silver.

Brooklyn-based Tantuvi, founded by designer Arati Rao, returned to the spring fair's Made section and launches its new Fragment series of cotton flatweave rugs and coordinating pillows at the AD show.

In the Made section at AD Design, the Boston-based Thayer Design Studio showcased its unique combination of modern angled motifs crafted with natural wool using traditional weaving techniques. The Studio rug is shown.

Hand-tufted of wool and silk, Lattice was part of a curated selection of full rugs and samples from The New Traditionalists at AD Design. 

From the Tibetano + Crush Wrks collaboration between the rug maker and artist Adrienne Jackson, comes the Shelter Moonlight design. 

In its jewel box of a booth, New York-based Tibet Home presented brilliant gemstone colored rugs, including this shaded yellow gold and silver area rug of wool and silk handmade in Nepal.

Warp & Weft continues to grow its rug collaboration with design studio Yabu Pushelberg, adding the debuting Phase 2 to the Grid collection at the AD Design Show. Shown on the floor, Sequence design.

At its busy booth, Woven Concepts' Slayton in romantic saturated tones of blush were magnets for shoppers. 

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